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Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston officially lit Thursday night

Nova Scotia's Tree for Boston lit up at the Boston Common in a virtual ceremony Thursday night. Government of Nova Scotia/Provided

Nova Scotia’s annual gift to Boston — a Christmas tree — was lit at the Boston Common in a virtual ceremony Thursday night.

The Tree for Boston is the province’s annual thank you to Boston for sending medical personnel and supplies to Nova Scotia within hours of the Halifax Explosion in 1917.

The explosion devastated north-end Halifax, killed nearly 2,000 people, and left thousands more injured and homeless.

“We are pleased to continue the tradition of friendship, gratitude and celebration with the people of Boston, especially during these challenging times,” said Premier Stephen McNeil in a news release.

“Nova Scotia will never forget the support provided in our time of need.”

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Heather and Tony Sampson from Richmond County, donated this year’s 45-foot white spruce. The couple said the 2020 Tree for Boston is dedicated to those working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston has arrived in the Boston Common and will be lit in a virtual ceremony on Thursday night. Twitter / Nova Scotia Government
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in the release that Thursday’s celebration will be a reminder of the importance of working together.“As Boston helped Nova Scotia in 1917, the city and our residents must partner to keep each other safe and healthy from the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to thank Nova Scotia for the Boston Common Christmas tree and I am grateful we are still able to celebrate the holiday season virtually,” Walsh said.
Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston lit up at the Boston Common in a virtual ceremony Thursday night.
Thursday night’s ceremony was livestreamed at 8 p.m. AST on WCVB Channel 5.It featured performances by the Barra MacNeils, and Sarah and Elizabeth MacInnis with Jenny MacKenzie as part of the Celtic Colours International Festival.Other performers in the one-hour-long ceremony included Nicholas Christopher, Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, and multiple Grammy Award winner Shaggy.
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